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Cecchinello highly optimistic about future

Cecchinello highly optimistic about future

Lucio Cecchinello wants to keep Randy de Puniet and possibly field a second MotoGP rider in 2010.

With Randy de Puniet’s new-found consistency giving LCR Honda a big boost in 2009 the team boss Lucio Cecchinello is looking to keep the Frenchman next year and possibly field another rider in MotoGP alongside him – or put together a Moto2 team.

Even De Puniet’s ankle injury over the summer break could not keep him out of the top ten at Brno, with Cecchinello commenting, “What happened in the summer was difficult to take, because we got such a good result at Donington with Randy in really good form. Nonetheless Randy did a good job in Brno showing his character and his motivation to compete. It was an excellent result as the crashes from (Mika) Kallio, (Jorge) Lorenzo and (Marco) Melandri gave us three extra positions.”

On De Puniet’s unexpectedly lofty position in seventh place in the championship with six races to go, Cecchinello stated, “Being realistic it is going to be hard to defend that position because Randy is still not over the injury and won’t be 100% fit at the next two rounds. We are keeping our feet on the ground, but we don’t think about finishing higher than this, just defending the position if we can.”

Regarding the 2010 plans for his team the Italian manager stated, “Our priority is to renew the contract with Randy as soon as possible and we have set the Misano round as our deadline to finalise things. There is a willingness from both sides to sign a new contract but the process is not yet concluded.”

Cecchinello added, “Once we have things sorted with Randy we will make a decision on whether to run a second rider in MotoGP or whether to have a Moto2 team. If we do have a second MotoGP bike we want to sign a current MotoGP or 250cc rider. We will look at who is on the market once we have the first rider confirmed 100%.”

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MotoGP, 2009, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP

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